Posted by Royce Young
He's going to play. I'm pretty convinced of that. Mainly because he says he will. But officially, the Bulls have listed Derrick Rose as questionable.
“It’s not broke, so I’m definitely playing,” Rose told reporters.
Rose turned his left ankle in the second quarter of Game 3 on a drive to the bucket. He briefly went to the locker room but returned to the game to start the second half. He wore a walking boot the past couple days and had an MRI, which was negative.
Today at practice though, Rose showed up without the walking boot, instead wearing flip-flops. I would take that as a good sign. He didn't practice but said he would definitely be getting a painkilling shot.
Really the only "questionable" about it is how healthy Rose will be Tuesday. He probably won't be 100 percent but obviously a 75 percent Derrick Rose is pretty darn good. The Bulls are back in Chicago after dropping Game 4 to the Pacers and have a chance to close the series out. Though the Bulls lead 3-1, this game is dangerous. If Rose isn't healthy and the Bulls somehow were to drop another to the Pacers, this series would go back to Indiana with a chance for the Pacers to force a Game 7.
And on top of that, that's less rest for Rose.
So the Bulls are taking Tuesday's game seriously. If, and that's a big if, Rose isn't able to go, the load will fall to C.J. Watson. Don't think the Bulls want that.
Officially, Rose is listed as questionable
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 2:35 pm